Miguel Angel Ríos |
(b. Catamarca, Argentina, 1943) Lives in Mexico City and New York.
Ríos studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and is the recepient of numerous awards including a John Guggenheim Fellowship. Rios has created an extensive body of work in a diversity of media including painting, sculpture, drawing, works on paper, installation, video and audio works. Recent selected solo exhibitions include Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2005), White Box, New York, USA (2003), Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela (2002), John Weber Gallery, New York, USA (1999), Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico (1999), Ruth Benzecar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998), Oddi Baglioni Gallery, Rome, Italy (1996), Galerie Wohn Maschine, Berlin, Germany (1995). Selected group exhibitions include, Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia (2002), Art Basel/Miami (2002), Ex-Teresa Arte Actual Mexcio City (2002), PS1 Contemporary Arts, New York, USA (2001), 7th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba (2000), Museo de la Cuidad, Mexico City, Mexico,
In the 1990s, Ríos began creating a series of maps which he carefully folded and pleated by hand. Marking the 500th anniversary of the "discovery" of the Americas, the maps indicate long histories of power and colonial experience, and they reference traditional indigenous arts in the Americas, including the Andean quipu. Since the early-2000s, Ríos has also delved into the medium of video to create symbolic narratives about human experience, violence, and mortality.
For this 2003 interview, curator and writer Raul Zamudio talk to Ríos about his recent video project and his interest in maps of the world.
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